I was really excited by some news about e-readers that came out last week. In the near future they will give authors a chance to add "bonus items" to their e-books like recipes, patterns for everything from clothing to coasters, interactive maps of their imagined worlds and more. I was excited because baking is an important activity in my books. My main character, Sarah Conrad, is trying to lead her life according to the themes in her favorite book, Little Women. Just like the March sisters did, Sarah bakes to make friends, give gifts and think about lessons of self-reliance.
My Thanksgiving gift to you is the recipe for the first treat that Sarah bakes for her friends:
Sarah Conrad's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
¼ cup of white sugar
¼ cup of brown sugar
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
10 tablespoons or 1/3 sticks of butter (at room temperature)
1 egg (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
Set out butter and egg, let come to room temperature
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Measure out the flour, salt and baking soda into a bowl and mix with a fork so that the salt and baking soda are well combined with the flour.
Cream together butter and sugars until well blended, about three minutes. You can do this with a stand mixer, a hand mixer or by hand.
Add egg and mix well. Scrape the side of the bowl to make sure all of the batter gets mixed
Beat in the vanilla extract
Beat in the flour mixture until it's well mixed.
Add chocolate chips
Using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, measure out the batter into roughly one-inch dollops on two baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. When finished, slide off of the baking sheets with a spatula and let cool on a rack.